Monday, February 22, 2016

Yeah, I rule the Caribbean, too

Antigua and Barbuda at long last have yielded to the siren song of Eff  You and paid the tiny island nation's first visit. But what is Antigua and Barbuda, you ask, besides a line in a Jimmy Buffet song? Funny you should ask:
Antigua and Barbuda . . . is a twin-island country in the Americas, lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major inhabited islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands (including Great Bird, Green, Guinea, Long, Maiden and York Islands and further south, the island of Redonda). The permanent population numbers about 81,800 (at the 2011 Census) and the capital and largest port and city is St. John's, on Antigua.
Separated by a few nautical miles, Antigua and Barbuda are in the middle of the Leeward Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles, roughly at 17°N of the equator. The country's name was given by Christopher Columbus in 1493 after discovering the island, in honor of the Virgin of La Antigua in the Seville Cathedral. The country is nicknamed "Land of 365 Beaches" due to the many beaches surrounding the islands. Its governance, language, and culture have all been strongly influenced by the British Empire, of which the country was formerly a part.
The nation is part of the British Commonwealth, meaning the official head of state is Queen Elizabeth II. Being a tropical Caribbean nation, it is no surprise that tourism dominates the economy. I found this information on the nation's military fascinating:
The Royal Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force has around 260 members dispersed between the line infantry regiment, service and support unit and coast guard. There is also the Antigua and Barbuda Cadet Corps made up of 200 teenagers between the ages of 12 to 18.
The defence force, then, consists of maybe a company of actual combat troops (about 60-100 soldiers, probably closer to 60). I guess they're not worried about an invasion from, say, the Netherland Antilles. Personally, I'd invade. I would capture this for my headquarters:

This would be my naval base:

So let's all give a big Eff You welcome to Antigua and Barbuda!

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